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'Battlefield 2042' Won't Have Campaign Or Battle Royale Modes, DICE Explains Why

'Battlefield 2042' Won't Have Campaign Or Battle Royale Modes, DICE Explains Why

More modes more problems.

Ewan Moore

Ewan Moore

While we all love a good single-player campaign in an FPS, it sounds as if we'll have to make do without in Battlefield 2042. The upcoming shooter from DICE and EA launches in October, and will be doing so without a campaign mode. It also won't feature a battle royale mode, at least not anytime soon.

Instead, Battlefield 2042 will focus entirely on the core multiplayer experience, which supports 128 players on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, and 64 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Take a look at the debut trailer for Battlefield 2042 if you missed it yesterday!

In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Battlefield 2042 designer director Daniel Berlin revealed why the game is lacking a single-player campaign. As you'd expect, it all boils down to the team at DICE wanting to go all-out on the multiplayer experience - to "lean into what we're best at," as Berlin puts it.

"If you look at the DNA of the studio, what we've been doing for so long, we just said you know what, we're not going to have a traditional single-player campaign this time around, but we're going to put all that emphasis and all those resources into building depth into the multiplayer. Because that is what we do best," the developer explained.

Berlin added that the game will still have something resembling a traditional narrative threaded through the multiplayer, with new Specialist characters bringing depth and flavour.

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"As we go through the live service, and the seasons, we'll introduce new specialists, and you'll see how the world evolves through the eyes of the specialists that we have," he said.

Berlin wouldn't say much about why Battlefield 2042 is skipping the battle royale, but he teased "other experiences within the game that we can't talk about which we are super excited for." With massive 128-player matches already on the cards, who even needs a battle royale, right?

Battlefield 2042 launches October 22 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One

Featured Image Credit: EA

Topics: GAMING, DICE, News, Battlefield 2042, EA